Thiruvananthapuram: An inquiry report on the medical college affiliation case involving Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state leaders has been altered with the bribe money becoming consultation fee, it has emerged.
The name of an aide to the state president was also reportedly removed from the report submitted to the national leadership. The BJP state unit had come under a cloud recently after an internal party commission report surfaced in the media, which stated that a party functionary had allegedly received Rs 5.60 crore for getting Medical Council of India clearance to a private medical college at Varkala.
The state leadership submitted the altered report to the national leaders, but a member of the inquiry panel passed on the original to BJP national president Amit Shah, it has emerged. With both the reports in hand, national leaders are aware of the meddling and are set to probe it.
The BJP state leadership had reportedly received legal advice that the altered report would foil a state Vigilance inquiry into the bribery charges. It will also help to argue that the original report was fake. Besides, action can be avoided against those close to the Kerala BJP leadership.
Two prominent state BJP leaders had traveled to Delhi and handed over the altered report to national leaders.
The BJP had earlier taken disciplinary action against its state secretary V.V. Rajesh for allegedly leaking the internal report connected with the scam.